The inspiration for the major motion picture Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, starring Gary Oldman and Colin Firth.
The first novel in John le Carré's celebrated Karla trilogy, Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy is a heart-stopping tale of international intrigue.
The man he knew as "Control" is dead, and the young Turks who forced him out now run the Circus. But George Smiley isn't quite ready for retirement - especially when a pretty, would-be defector surfaces with a shocking accusation: a Soviet mole has penetrated the highest level of British Intelligence. Relying only on his wits and a small, loyal cadre, Smiley recognizes the hand of Karla - his Moscow Centre nemesis - and sets a trap to catch the traitor.
The feature film adaptation of Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy is directed by Tomas Alfredson (Let the Right One In) and features a cast that includes Gary Oldman as Smiley, Academy Award-winner Colin Firth (The King's Speech), and Tom Hardy (Inception).
©2011 John le Carre (P)2011 Penguin
It was all very interesting
I listened to this book over multiple sittings.
Very interesting to listen to.
I might try another from John Le Carre, but will pass on Michael Jayston.
Heavy British accent and manner of speech were too much for me.
I love mysteries, conspiracies, and spies, but I struggled to finish this book. I downloaded the book because I intended to watch the movie. It was a good thing that I did or I never would have understood the movie. (The movie was worse than the book.) The plot of this novel is confusing and the characters are flat and uninteresting. Narrator Michael Jayston did an excellent job with difficult material.
Written for a person who prefers a spy book writen at a painfully slow pace without any violence or action of any kind.
Honorable School Boy was a good listen but I have to say that I will never listen to any of his books again.
The narrator did a good job at reading such a terrible novel.
Angry that I wasted my Audile credit on this very disappointing book. I am sure I have listened to at least a hundred thrillers over the past few years that I mostly download from our public library and I have never felt the need to ever write a review until now.
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